List of Ultras of Central America

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Volcán Tajumulco is the highest point of Guatemala and all of Central America.

The following is a sortable table of the 22 ultra-prominent mountain peaks of Central America. This article defines Central America as the seven nations of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Topographic elevation is the vertical distance above the reference geoid, a precise mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface. Topographic prominence is the elevation difference between the summit and the highest or key col to a higher summit. Topographic isolation is the minimum great circle distance to a point of higher elevation.

This article defines a significant summit as a summit with at least 100 meters (328.1 feet) of topographic prominence, and a major summit as a summit with at least 500 meters (1640.4 feet) of topographic prominence. An ultra-prominent summit is a summit with at least 1500 meters (4921.3 feet) of topographic prominence.

Of these 22 ultra-prominent summits of Central America, 7 are located in Honduras, 6 in Guatemala, 4 in El Salvador, 3 in Costa Rica, 2 in Nicaragua, and 1 in Panama. Cerro El Pital straddles the border between Honduras and El Salvador.

Most prominent summits[edit]

The 22 ultra-prominent mountain peaks of Central America

Rank Mountain Peak Country Province Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Volcán Tajumulco[1] PB  Guatemala San Marcos 4220 m
13,845 ft
3980 m
13,058 ft
722 km
448 mi
2 Chirripó Grande[2] PB  Costa Rica Cartago
Limón
San José
3819 m
12,530 ft
3726 m
12,224 ft
864 km
537 mi
3 Montaña de Santa Bárbara PB  Honduras Santa Bárbara 2744 m
9,003 ft
2084 m
6,837 ft
73.8 km
45.9 mi
4 Cerro las Minas[3] PB  Honduras Lempira 2849 m
9,347 ft
2069 m
6,788 ft
129.9 km
80.7 mi
5 Volcán de Agua PB  Guatemala Escuintla
Sacatepéquez
3761 m
12,339 ft
1981 m
6,499 ft
15.68 km
9.74 mi
6 Alto Cuchumatanes PB  Guatemala Huehuetenango 3837 m
12,589 ft
1877 m
6,158 ft
65.1 km
40.5 mi
7 Volcán Irazú PB  Costa Rica Cartago
San José
3402 m
11,161 ft
1872 m
6,142 ft
47.9 km
29.8 mi
8 Montañas Peña Blanca High Point PB  Guatemala Huehuetenango 3518 m
11,542 ft
1858 m
6,096 ft
42.1 km
26.1 mi
9 Volcán Acatenango PB  Guatemala Chimaltenango
Sacatepéquez
3975 m
13,041 ft
1835 m
6,020 ft
125.8 km
78.2 mi
10 Volcán San Miguel PB  El Salvador San Miguel 2131 m
6,991 ft
1831 m
6,007 ft
63.8 km
39.6 mi
11 Cerro Tacarcuna PB  Panama Darién 1875 m
6,152 ft
1770 m
5,807 ft
98.6 km
61.3 mi
12 Volcán Atitlán PB  Guatemala Sololá 3537 m
11,604 ft
1754 m
5,755 ft
34.6 km
21.5 mi
13 Pico Bonito PB  Honduras Atlántida 2450 m
8,038 ft
1710 m
5,610 ft
152.2 km
94.6 mi
14 Montaña San Ildefonso PB  Honduras Cortés 2242 m
7,356 ft
1702 m
5,584 ft
68.4 km
42.5 mi
15 Volcán San Cristóbal PB  Nicaragua Chinandega 1745 m
5,725 ft
1665 m
5,463 ft
134.2 km
83.4 mi
16 Volcán de Santa Ana PB  El Salvador Santa Ana
Sonsonate
2362 m
7,749 ft
1602 m
5,256 ft
70.1 km
43.6 mi
17 Volcán Concepción PB  Nicaragua Rivas 1610 m
5,282 ft
1579 m
5,180 ft
69.6 km
43.2 mi
18 Pico Pijol PB  Honduras Yoro 2320 m
7,612 ft
1578 m
5,177 ft
66.0 km
41.0 mi
19 Volcán de San Vicente PB  El Salvador La Paz
San Vicente
2182 m
7,159 ft
1562 m
5,125 ft
90.5 km
56.2 mi
20 Volcán Miravalles PB  Costa Rica Alajuela
Guanacaste
2028 m
6,654 ft
1533 m
5,030 ft
102.7 km
63.8 mi
21 Cerro el Pital[4] PB  El Salvador
 Honduras
Chalatenango
Ocotepeque
2730 m
8,957 ft
1530 m
5,020 ft
49.1 km
30.5 mi
22 Montaña los Comayagua PB  Honduras Comayagua 2407 m
7,897 ft
1507 m
4,944 ft
80.9 km
50.3 mi

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The summit of Volcán Tajumulco is the highest point of the Republic of Guatemala and all of Central America.
  2. ^ The summit of Chirripó Grande is the highest point of the Republic of Costa Rica.
  3. ^ The summit of Cerro las Minas is the highest point of the Republic of Honduras.
  4. ^ The summit of Cerro el Pital on the international border with Honduras is the highest point of the Republic of El Salvador.

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